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Former UA employee asks for $7.5 million, accusing Rich Rod of sexual harassment

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A former employee of the University of Arizona Athletic Department is asking for $7.5 million, accusing head football coach Rich Rodriguez of sexual harassment and creating a hostile workplace.

Rodriguez was fired Tuesday after the accusations were made public by the former employee and her attorney in a notice of claim, which serves as an announcement that a lawsuit may be filed.

“If this case were to go to trial, in the current climate where #MeToo is in the headlines on a daily basis, neither male nor female jurors would have any sympathy for a public figure who used his authority and power to oppress and degrade his female assistant in such ways,” according to the document.

Read the full list of accusations here.

While university says the claims were “could not be substantiated,” they say the allegations caused the university to be concerned about the direction and climate of the football program.

The former employee accused Rodriguez and his closest aides of having a "hideaway book" that focused on ways to “establish secrecy” within Rodriguez’s inner circle.

The claim also alleges that other employees were ordered to protect the coach's reputation and lie to Rodriguez's wife to cover up an extramarital affair.

Also included in the book was the phrase “Title ix doesn't exist in our office," which refers to the federal gender-equity law dealing with education.

The complaint also alleges that in 2016, someone brought a player to Rodriguez, telling him “something was wrong with [the player] and needed help.”

Rodriguez ignored the warning, according to the document, and the player was found dead from a drug overdose the next day.

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